June 3rd, 2008 1:42 PM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened in negative territory following the release of stronger than expected economic data and early stock gains. The stock markets are in positive territory with the Dow up 25 points and the Nasdaq up 20 points. The bond market is currently down 13/32, but we likely will not see much change in this morning's mortgage rates due to strength in bonds late yesterday.
The Commerce Department reported late this morning that April's Factory Orders rose 1.1%. This greatly exceeded forecasts of a 0.1% decline and indicated that the manufacturing sector was stronger than thought. This is considered to be negative news for bonds and mortgage rates because a growing manufacturing sector is a strong sign of overall economic growth.
Tomorrow morning brings us the release of two pieces of economic data for the markets to digest. The first is the revised 1st Quarter Productivity and Costs reading. This index measures employee output a nd employer costs for wages and benefits. It is considered to be a measurement of wage inflation. It is believed that the economy can grow with low inflationary pressures when productivity is high, so this type of data can influence trading and mortgage rates. Last month's preliminary reading revealed a 2.2% rate, but I don't think this revision will have much of an impact on the bond market or mortgage pricing unless it varies greatly from its forecasted reading of 2.5%.
The second report of the day may have a significant impact on the markets or be a non-factor depending on its result. The Institute for Supply Management will release its services index late Wednesday morning. It is expected to show a reading of 51.0, with the same principals as Monday's manufacturing index. If this reading varies greatly from forecasts, we may see volatility in the markets and mortgage rates. However, if its results are in the general area of expectations, it will likely have n o influence on the markets and mortgage pricing.
There is no relevant data scheduled for release Thursday except weekly unemployment figures. However, market participants will be preparing for Friday's key Employment report for the month of May. This report will likely lead to plenty of volatility in the markets even if its results vary slightly from forecasts.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Lock if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.
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